Up to 122 people have been admitted to the intensive care units at Illinois hospitals for treatment of the flu. Seven of those people died.
The flu season is far from over, and as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared this season an epidemic, physicians were urging people to take precautions against the flu virus.
Experts were predicting a longer and stronger flu season this year.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is encouraging people to get their flu shots and leading by example.